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Vikash Sharma

Malkangiri: In a close shave for the security forces, a 5 kg landmine, suspected to have been planted by the Red rebels, was recovered from Gorasetu forest under Chitrakonda block of Malkangiri district on Sunday.

Apart from the landmine, the BSF jawans have also recovered Maoist uniforms, walkie-talkies and other articles from the spot.

Following the detection of the landmine, BSF jawans have intensified combing operations in the region. The landmine has been successfully diffused.

Already on the backfoot, the Maoists are reportedly trying all possible means to target the security forces engaged in anti-Naxal operations in Odisha.

Earlier on January 8, the security forces had seized huge haul of arms and ammunition including hand grenades and other explosives after busting a major Maoist hideout in Kandhamal district.

The Maoist camp was busted during a joint combing operation by SOG jawans and DVF.

Last year, a country-made revolver, claymore mine and other explosives were also seized from a Maoist dump in Malkangiri district.

The Maoist dump was unearthed on October 26, 2020 during a joint combing operation launched by SOG and BSF jawans at several places under Jodamba police limits in the district.

(Edited By Pradeep Singh)

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